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Remarkable evidence of ancient humans found under Florida river

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers who dove hundreds of times into a sinkhole beneath the brown murky waters of Florida's Aucilla River have retrieved some of the oldest evidence of human presence in the Americas including stone tools apparently used to butcher a mastodon.

Scientists said on Friday the tools, animal bones and mastodon tusk found at the site showed that people already had occupied the American Southeast by 14,550 years ago, about 1,500 years earlier than previously known.

The site provided some of the most compelling evidence that humans had spread across the New World earlier than the so-called Clovis people, who archeologists for six decades considered the Americas' first people. The Clovis people, recognized for their distinctive spearheads, are known from archeological evidence about 13,000 years old.

The artifacts painted a picture of human hunter-gatherers butchering or scavenging a mastodon, an extinct elephant cousin, next to a small inland pond. The tusk had cut marks from a tool used to remove it from the skull, perhaps to access edible tissue at its base.

Intrigued by previous archeological finds at the site, the researchers conducted 890 dives into the 35-foot-deep (11-meter) sinkhole in limestone bedrock at the so-called Page-Ladson site near Florida's capital Tallahassee from 2012 to 2014.

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/remarkable-evidence-ancient-humans-found-under-florida-river-191033317.html

 I don't put much faith in dating techniques. But this is pretty interesting stuff. Pictures at the link above. 

 

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It's Florida right?

I surprised they didn't find any evidence of cannibalism and an ancient recipe for Bath Salts.

There's just something wacky about Florida.

Wacky...

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They were the dumb dumbs of this earth age, and yet it almost seems that we haven't really advanced much more since its inception ourselves. Sure, we've come a somewhat long way with the technology side of things, but not the being civilized part. I believe that they who were here before us knew more about what it truly meant to be human than we ever will.

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The site provided some of the most compelling evidence that humans had spread across the New World earlier than the so-called Clovis people, who archeologists for six decades considered the Americas' first people. The Clovis people, recognized for their distinctive spearheads, are known from archeological evidence about 13,000 years old.

Or maybe it was King Clovis of the Franks circa 509 AD.

There were no humans in the Americas until people crossed the land bridge that once connected Siberia to Alaska during the Ice Age but the timing of that event remains mysterious.

This is a fact??

Anyway. some poor students got to dive hundreds of times into a muddy sinkhole to bring up these treasures to the awe and delight of speculators.

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